Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Latest update

Even though I didn't make the deadline for NaNoWrMo, I'm very excited that I did get 1/3 of the book finished and the rest of it is mostly planned out. I slowed down when I realized I didn't know where the book was going to go, but I've been doing a lot of thinking about it, and now, I have a much better idea than before this November's competition. I'm a one scene a day kind of gal. I realized that doing the competition meant that I had to write three scenes a day while working full time as a language arts teacher might be biting off more than I can chew. (Excuse the cliche).

On a good note, though, Dreaming Dangerously sales keep trickling in, even though I don't have much of an advertising budget. I have quite a few people who want to read the book on Goodreads and I have reviewers who want to review it. All in all, I think the book is doing really well.

Monday, November 7, 2011


Okay, I've updated my NaNoWrMo word count everywhere else, but here. I'm at 9,196 words. Although I should be at around 11,200 words, I am proud of myself because I haven't written much in three days. I picked up my laptop around 5pm tonight and wrote almost 4,000 words! So, now all I have to make up is 2,000 words. Another thing is that I'm almost one-fifth of the way through this first draft. I want to go back and revise so badly, but I know I should just keep plowing through. The ideas are coming a little easier now. It seems that I can now think up a goal for each scene, which is cool. I'm not writing in chapters right now, just scenes. I'll be writing Scene 11 tomorrow in the second part of the book!!! I can't believe I'm already at the beginning of the middle of the book! So exciting! By next Sunday, I should be half-way done at the midpoint!

I want to talk about what's going on with my characters so badly. I will say this - Will and Cassie are both narrating book 3 because they are not in the same locations - that is all I'm saying at this point.

Cassie is the narrator of Book 1 - Dreaming Dangerously
Will is the narrator of Book 2 - Darkness Descends
Both will be narrating Book 3 - When Dreams Will Come

Friday, November 4, 2011

Met my goal for tonight!

I know I'm not writing much here, but it is getting late. I did want to post that I'm up to 4,888 words for Book 3 and I've met my NaNoWrMo goal for the third night in a row! I still feel like I am groping around in the dark since I don't have a real outline of scenes this time. I didn't have time to plan it all out like I did on the first two books, however, it seems to be okay since I know what I want to do in each part and I know how I want the book to end. I just don't have scene or chapter goals. I'm just writing off the top of my head like I do when I write journal entries in my classroom when I'm writing with my 8th graders. I'm not worrying about word choices and art. I'm strictly getting that first layer of plot, dialogue and setting down and making sure my characters are staying in character. It's also more challenging with this book because I have more than one narrator this time.

Very happy this evening.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

National Novel Writing Month Day 1

Well, I got off to a pretty good start. I wrote ten pages in my journal, which translates into 1500 words. However, when I typed it up, I started revising already and whittled it down by a hundred. That's okay, though, at least I got started!